Beckenham Junction station
|Local authority||London Borough of Bromley|
|Number of platforms||4 plus 2 Tramlink|
|Tramlink annual boardings and alightings|
|National Rail annual entry and exit|
|1 January 1857||Opened as a terminus|
|3 May 1858||Became a through-station|
|London transport portal|
Beckenham Junction is the main railway and tram station in Beckenham in the London Borough of Bromley, south London. The railway stop is on the Chatham Main Line, 8 miles 53 chains (13.9 km) down the line from London Victoria and situated between Kent House and Shortlands. The tram stop is the eastern terminus of Tramlink.
The station was opened by the Mid-Kent Railway (MKR) on 1 January 1857  as the terminus of the line from Lewisham; it became a junction on 3 May 1858  when the West End of London and Crystal Palace Railway Farnborough Extension line from Crystal Palace to Shortlands was opened. On 1 July 1863 the London Chatham & Dover Railway Metropolitan Extension from Beckenham to Victoria/Blackfriars completed the lines serving the station. In 1863 the MKR was taken over by the South Eastern Railway (SER) and thereafter the station was operated jointly by the LCDR and SER. Despite a partial rebuilding in 1890 the original MKR building is still in use as the main station offices and booking hall.
From December 2007, a significant upgrade to train services at Beckenham Junction took place, with an increase in frequency of the London Victoria to Orpington services (off peak) to every 15 mins. Until Section 2 of High Speed 1 opened in 2007 Eurostar services passed the station, but did not stop. In December 2010 Southern increased the number of evening services on Monday-Saturdays so that trains would run to London Bridge Station later into the evening.
The two platform Tramlink stop opened in 2000, with the rest of the route to the Croydon loop. The stop is outside the station, across the car park, beside the A2015 road, which avoids Beckenham town centre. This stop, New Addington and Wimbledon are the only Tramlink termini with two platforms, as Elmers End has one platform face opposite a Network Rail line.
Accidents and incidents
- On 22 January 1990, 4EPB electric multiple unit 5408 collided with the buffer stop on arrival from London Bridge and was derailed.
The station has a car park with 88 spaces, and is usually staffed during operating hours.
Lines and frequencies
The typical off-peak service frequency is:
- 4tph (trains per hour) to London Victoria (Southeastern)
- 4tph to Bromley South of which 2 continue to Orpington (Southeastern)
- 2tph to London Bridge via Crystal Palace (Southern)
During the morning peak, there are 5 trains to Blackfriars station via Elephant & Castle railway station calling at all stations. 3 of these come back from Blackfrias, only calling at Herne Hill railway station. In the evening peak, there are 5 trains from Blackfrias via West Dulwich railway station that call at all station to Beckenham Junction, of which 3 return to Blackfrias again calling only at Herne Hill intermediately. Also, there are occasionally Parliamentary train services that run to/from New Beckenham railway station using a single track spur.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
London Bridge to Beckenham Junction
(via Crystal Palace)
Bromley South Line
Mid-Kent Line/Hayes Line
Blackfriars to Beckenham Junction
(Weekday Peak only)
|Preceding tram stop||Tramlink||Following tram stop|
Wimbledon to Beckenham Junction
London Buses route 162 serves the station.
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- "Tram Stop Usage 2009-10 (FOI)" (XLS). Tramlink annual passenger performance 2009-2010. Transport for London. 18 August 2011. Retrieved 28 November 2012.
- "Tramlink numbers 2010-2011" (PDF). Tramlink annual passenger performance 2010-2011. Transport for London. 28 March 2012. Retrieved 28 November 2012.
- "Station usage estimates". Rail statistics. Office of Rail Regulation. Please note: Some methodology may vary year on year.
- Morning Post 5 Jan 1857
- South Eastern Gazette 11 May 1857, p.4
- "Railways of Beckenham", Andrew Hajducki, 2011[page needed]
- Buses and Trams from Beckenham
- McCrickard, John P (6 October 2016). "January 1990 to December 1990". Network South East Railway Society. Archived from the original on 26 June 2018. Retrieved 26 June 2018.
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